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Autism Certificate: <br>For Non-Teachers

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The Graduate Certificate in ASD - Multiple Disciplines (formerly Option C), is for individuals who wish to increase their expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders, but who do not have and are not seeking a state-approved teaching endorsement.  This program was designed to meet the ever-increasing need for advanced formal education in autism for individuals working in disciplines other than teaching, particularly those who routinely serve students with autism (i.e., school psychologists, social workers, behavior specialists, counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, health caregivers). 

The Graduate Certificate in ASD - Multiple Disciplines (formerly Option C) is a 24-credit program. 

Students can take select courses of interest from both the approved coursework and various Special Education/Autism Electives topics.



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  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program


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All courses shown below are approved courses for the Option C: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Graduate Certificate in ASD program.  Please click on the course title to view the course description.

Total Credits Required = 24 

Certificate Core:
SE 502: Legal Issues in Special Education

This course is an intensive study of federal legislation and the Michigan Special Education Rules and their implications for providing services to students with exceptionalities. Evaluation, IEPC's, related services, free and appropriate education, placement options, adequate referral and evaluation, investigation and due process hearings are highlighted. Student must be admitted to program. (4 credits)

SE 559: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Characteristics and etiologies of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger Syndrome throughout the life span.  An overview of instructional methodologies, legal issues and collaboration with families and other professionals are introduced. (3 credits)

Other Approved Courses:
SE 527: Educational Procedures for Students with ASD

Evaluation and instruction of students with autism spectrum disorders. Relates informal assessment to instructional planning in the cognitive, motor, and affective domains throughout the life span. Prevocational and vocational planning along with transitional issues and recreational/life skill needs are covered.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)

SE 578: Communication & Language Issues in ASD

Provides an overview of communication, typical and atypical language development across the life span, along with specific issues in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Interventions for the development of language and communication are covered.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)

SE 579: Behavioral & Social Issues in Students with ASD

Overview of behavioral principles, legal and theoretical issues, purposes of behavior and interventions with students with autism spectrum disorder. Emphasis on behavior as communication and constructive behavior plans.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)

SE 596: Collaboration & Consultation Skills in ASD

Designed to develop collaboration and consultation skills of special education teachers and other professionals. Includes home- school interactions, family and community support services. Emphasis is on autism spectrum disorders.  Prerequisites SE 559. (3 credits)

SE 640: Lives of Adolescents & Adults with ASD

Overview of the lives of adolescents and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including emotional and physical development; gender identity; self-concept; behavioral, social and communicative challenges; transitions to adulthood; employment post-secondary and residential options. Also addresses desired personal outcomes that result in an improved quality of life.  Prerequisite(s): Student must meet the prerequisites (SE 559) or have department permission. (4 credits)

SE 641: Counseling Issues in Students with Special Needs

The many sociocultural, familial, and personal influences that affect a person with disability are addressed. The course provides the student with a variety of opportunities to explore his/her own attitudes and beliefs about a person with disabilities. (4 credits)

SE 590** Special Topics

Variety of Special Education Topics (ranging from 2-6 credits).



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To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packet. Read through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas. 

Complete the free online graduate application by clicking on the button below:

Application Type: Grad –  Graduate Certificate 
Planned Course of Study: 

Online and/or Hybrid Program Grad Cert in Autism Spectrum Disorder (50-100% Online)
Lecture-Only Program:  Grad Cert in Autism Spectrum Disorder

**Make sure to NOT select Teaching Endorsement, as this program is not financial aid eligible.


If you have any other questions, please contact one of the following coordinators:

Susan Martino, Director of Program Development
(248) 370-4415   |   (248) 370-4242 fax
martino@oakland.edu

Andrea Lewis, Project Manager
(248) 209-2471 phone   |   (248) 209-2461 fax
alewis@oakland.edu 



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